Area 51 has been a mystery for years.
Countless questions have been pondered — Is it real? Are there really aliens there? Why so secretive?
No matter what the answers to those questions are — we may never know — one family knows first-hand how serious the folks at Area 51 really are about their privacy.
Stories have recently surfaced about the Sheahan family who owns a large tract of land near Area 51.
Joe Sheahan told lasvegas.com his family has owned the land since the 1880s, much longer than the Air Force has had a secret base in the desert.
The Sheahan family claims the government has shot at them, tried to arrest them, held them at gunpoint, and blew up a mill on their property in 1954, they told cnn.com.
Col. Thomas Dempsey, commander of the facility, told cnn.com the Air Force can no longer ensure the family’s safety in the area and have offered them millions of dollars to leave the land.
However, the Sheahan’s told cnn.com they are standing their ground, claiming they were there first and the government surrounded them.
One of my favorite movies is “Independence Day.”
It’s also one that best portrays what most of us think Area 51 really is — a room full of creepy aliens suspended in formaldehyde next to a garage that holds an intact UFO.
The government laughs at Hollywood versions of Area 51 such as that one, but they still won’t tell us what’s going on in there.
Former employees have claimed to have worked to recreate alien viruses and use crashed alien crafts to design new military plans.
People who live in the area have said they have seen strange lights in the sky and assumed that meant the aliens were coming to visit. Yes, another claim is that Area 51 is a meeting place for Americans and aliens.
The government continues to ensure the public that nothing weird is going on at Area 51, but they still haven’t opened up for tours or will even tell us what does happen there.
And they have been trying to get the Sheahan family away from their fences for 60 years.
Maybe if they told the family the reasoning, they would give up their land and be on their way.
If it is dangerous or classified, just tell them.
Honesty is always the best policy right?
Yet Americans have been trying to get the truth for many years.
I guess the real question is, will we ever really know what happens behind the locked gates of Area 51?
Kelly Roncace is senior investigator and team leader with Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society, a professional paranormal investigation team based in Salem County. Do you know of a haunted location that JUMPS could research and investigate? Contact Kelly at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @KellyRoncace with your suggestions.
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